JAPAN TRADITIONAL CRAFT AOYAMA SQUARE
Central Honshu - Chubu > Chubu Others
Kiso lacquerware was established at the beginning of the 17th century, taking advantage of the abundant local Japanese cypress trees. The craft developed under the patronage of the Owari-Tokugawa clan throughout the Edo era (1603-1868), becoming popular with travelers along the Nakasendo Highway.
At the end of the 19th century, sabitsuchi clay was discovered in the area, making it possible to produce lacquerware of unmatched strength.
Kiso lacquerware is produced using a number of distinctive techniques. In shunkei-nuri, natural lacquer is rubbed into the wood to bring out its natural qualities. In tsuishu, multiple layers of colored lacquer are applied before being rubbed down to produce a speckled pattern. In muriwake roiro-nuri, a variety of colors are used throughout the repetitive design.